Finding life in robot ‘Chappie’

MAN OF STEEL – The Moose and Chappie (Sharito Copley) battle it out in Columbia Pictures action-adventure “Chappie.” Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

By Jesus Figueroa

A body of titanium and wires found consciousness and showed its humanity in “Chappie.”

The heartwarming story of a robot who found his humanity under his cold metal body starts slow, but is saved by the ending.

Engineer Deon Wilson, played by Dev Patel, makes the worlds first police human-controlled robot to keep the world safe, but he struggles to find a way to bring consciousness to the robots so they can live on their own.

Patel is sent to the background as his performance is overshadowed by that of his cast. Although he fits his character well, he fails to make his character more charismatic than the rest.

In Deon’s hunt for consciousness he is rivaled by Vincent Moore, played by Hugh Jackman, who is set to make a bigger and more threatening machine.

Jackman is menacing. He is a great villain that stands out with a muscular physique which towers in comparison to Patel.

Deon successfully creates an algorithm for consciousness. He is captured by Ninja, played by Ninja, and Yolandi, played by Yo-Landi Visser, and gives consciousness to rejected robot Chappie, voiced by Sharlto Copley.

Copley is fantastic in giving the robot a human feel which audiences will be able to care for and root for.

Ninja and Visser are a great team together.

Ninja grows as a character and entices the audience.

Visser is caring and sweet. She has a motherly attitude which helps audiences care for her character.

The struggle to raise Chappie becomes difficult as Ninja only wants Chappie to use it as an indestructible gangster.

The strangest part of the film is how Chappie grows from having a child-like mind to a full grown adult. It’s incredible and although audiences will realize it’s a robot, they will care for Chappie as a human.

The ending is different. It’s satisfying and ties up the story.

“Chappie” opens in theaters on March 6 and is rated R for violence, language and brief nudity.

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